The Punjab government on Wednesday decided to honour the panchayats of "drug-free" villages besides launching a 'Special Anti Drugs Drive' to create awareness about the ill effects of drugs.
Announcing this here, rural development and panchayat minister Surjit Singh Rakhra said he had directed the officers of his department to prepare a list of drug free villages.
He said the department would organise a special programme in Chandigarh to honour the panchayats of such villages.
He said the department would also initiate a campaign in villages having maximum cases of drug usage and efforts would be initiated to curb the trend of drug use in such villages.
Rakhra said 60% of Punjab's population was in rural areas and it was the right time to eliminate the worrying trend.
To achieve this target, the department had chalked out a special programme against the social problem and it was decided to initiate a special anti-drug drive throughout the state, which would be implemented soon, Rakhra said.
He said the panchayats department would hold seminars to make the people aware of the malaise.
Giving a call to Punjabis to come forward, Rakhra said that without the cooperation of general public, it was impossible to eradicate such a trend. He also urged the panchayats in Punjab to motivate the younger generation to participate in sports.